Chicago and NW Indiana, Get Your Flu Shots At Midwest Express
What Is the Flu?
Having the flu is simply not fun. It is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Most people become afflicted with seasonal flu in the fall and winter months, with the peak season for the virus being November through March. During those brutal Midwestern winters, flu infections spike, especially in the month of January. It can also spread before people develop symptoms.
While most flu symptoms don’t require medical care or antiviral drugs, the impact of the illness can range from mild to severe. Ear infections, bronchitis, sinusitis or pneumonia can result if the virus is left untreated. The gravest outcomes are hospitalization and death. Young children, people over 65, pregnant women, and individuals with certain health conditions are at risk for serious complications.
Every year, more than 200,000 people in the United States are hospitalized due to the flu.
What are the Symptoms?
If you exhibit symptoms like a fever, cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, or fatigue, it is very likely you have the flu. This may also be the case if you suffer spells of vomiting and diarrhea.
When infected, most resort to staying home, taking an over-the-counter medication, and getting adequate rest to overcome the virus. However, there are occasions where sitting and waiting out the virus is simply not enough. A more proactive approach can prevent the flu from interrupting your life.
The solution: vaccination.
Why Get a Flu Shot?
Prevention is the key.
A flu vaccination is the most effective way to eliminate the opportunity for infection. It is recommended that individuals six months of age and older get vaccinated every season, preferably by the Thanksgiving holiday, though it is still acceptable to get a shot between September and May, when infection is still rampant.
What Is a Flu Shot?
The influenza vaccine is made with a weakened or dead form of the flu virus. This vaccine causes antibodies to develop in the body, ultimately providing protection against infection.
In the Chicago Suburbs or NW Indiana?
With five convenient locations in Blue Island and Willowbrook in Illinois, and Schererville, Munster and Hammond in Indiana, Midwest Express Clinics are here to help relieve your ailments.